Field test with the Drain-pipe (80-200/2.8L)


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Jeff

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Wonder how does the forgotten drain-pipe (DP) perform out in the field? All shots wide open.

This is Jeff taking the DP for a test ride. Under shade in afternoon sun wide open.



In a restaurant with ambient light.



Is this my Bike? No sirri. In the sun.



Ice-cream man. Chill out time.



So hot even the leaves are "charred".



Catchup time in the park.



My impression: Fast even w/o USM. Tack sharp straight from cam. Beautiful bokeh. Black. What flare?? :D

Could be better: Weight is forbidding at >>1kg. AF is not totally silent but does not bother me.

Overall: Excellent. My first zoom indeed.

So if you don't like the white rabbit, this good old drain-pipe is a very good alternative.

After thoughts: I have both the drain-pipe and the prime pipe. The primepipe is convenient due to its low weight= 1/2 drain-pipe. :eek: Now I have another reason for taking more portraitures. :) You guys just have to bear with my poor skills for the moment until I master them all. :sweatsm:
 

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Well, a picture speaks a thousand words! What fantastic quality; sharpness, colour, bokeh....all there, and you must have gotten a real bargain for it too. Not just "drainpipe" Jeff, people call this the "magic drainpipe", and we can see why.

Congratulations on having this gem!
 

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Yes..absolutely great lens for its price. I own one too..erm how much you got it for? :)
 

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SpitFir3 said:
Yes..absolutely great lens for its price. I own one too..erm how much you got it for? :)
For me to know. For u to guess. A very good price from a very very nice man. ;)
 

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Jeff said:
For me to know. For u to guess. A very good price from a very very nice man. ;)

haha...just say higher or lower than $650? ;p
 

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bokeh is beautiful for all except the last one!

but then, how much u paid for this lens?
 

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Yes the magic DP is very sharp and pretty fast (for non USM lens)... tested on a few weeks ago.
 

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oeyvind said:
Yes the magic DP is very sharp and pretty fast (for non USM lens)... tested on a few weeks ago.
I totally concur, coz I was the owner of that lens :D

The 80-200L is one of the hidden gems in Canon's L lens lineup that is worth a second look :)
 

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sharp the pics are! but funny leh why call it drain pipe? .hehe
 

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clive said:
sharp the pics are! but funny leh why call it drain pipe? .hehe
According to this thread, it's Magic drainpipe = 80-200/2.8L (Nicknamed by AdamT and Juli Valley)

http://www.dphoto.us/forum/showthread.php?t=274

It's also described in this site http://194.100.88.243/petteri/pont/Reviews/dc_Canon_200_mm_f2.8/a_Canon_200_mm_f2.8L.html

Canon 80-200/2.8L: The "Magic Drainpipe." Out of production for a while now, this lens still packs a wallop. One of the sharpest zooms Canon ever made, it's by all accounts very fast-focusing too, despite its noisier non-USM motor. It's big, black, and heavy, though. It could be a very good buy on the used market
 

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